About Additional Modules
In addition to the core Global Standard for Food Safety we have developed a range of additional modules that can be added to the normal audit process. This offers some great customer advantages:
- Reduce audit burden (and therefore cost) by including requirements that historically needed a separate audit; for example, second party audits.
- Meet specific geographic or customer needs, especially when a brand owner or specifier wants additional requirements to complement the Standard.
- Apply to particular types of operations or look in greater detail at a particular market concern, e.g. gluten free, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), or organisational food safety culture.
How does it work?
When a site wants to adopt any of our additional modules they must notify their chosen certification body in advance of the BRCGS audit.
- The Global Standard and any additional module requirements are audited together – this may increase the total duration of the audit depending on the number of requirements in the additional module.
- Non-conformities for both the Global Standard audit and the additional module will be identified during the audit; however, non-conformities against requirements of the additional module are not included in the assessment of grading for the Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8.
- Non-conformities relating to the additional module must be corrected and evidence provided alongside any from the BRCGS audit.
- There is no grading of the additional module, but rather a pass/fail.
There are two types of additional modules:
- Public modules which are recorded on the BRCGS audit report and visible in the public section of the BRCGS Directory.
- Private modules which relate to the requirements of a specific company or customer and are uploaded to a separate section of the BRCGS Directory which is only visible to the audited site and, where applicable, the specific customer.